TG220: Nirvana – The story of Fender's Kurt Cobain Jaguar

Total Guitar issue 220 is now on sale across the UK and it's a Nirvana special, featuring a full tab and backing track for 'Lithium', plus the exclusive story of Fender's new Kurt Cobain Jaguar.

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The full, exclusive story of Fender's Kurt Cobain Jaguar. Plus: We talk to original band member Chad Channing about the initial 'Nevermind' sessions and tab 'Lithium' in full.

Lenny Kravitz
We put your questions to the A-lister and he talks school days with Slash, playing with Prince and, err, splitting his trousers on-stage.

Bill Bailey
The musical comedian's first ever guitar mag interview!

Dave Mustaine gives us a glimpse of the 'Deth's new album, 'Thirt3en'.

The Black Crowes
We take an in-depth look at Rich Robinson's extensive tour rig.

Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano tell TG why they needed eight years to make 'Worship Music'.

And more!
Brand new interviews with Robbie Robertson, Frank Turner, '60s session ace 'Big' Jim Sullivan, Deftones, Funeral For A Friend, Turbowolf, Michael Kiwanuka (online: exclusive gallery from his album sessions) and Mick Mars.

Learn To Play


Full tabs, backing tracks, the story behind the song and a guide to nailing the tones for…

Nirvana 'Lithium'
Megadeth 'Tornado Of Souls'
Santana 'Samba Pa Ti'
The Band 'The Weight'
Traditional 'Korobeiniki' (the theme from 'Tetris')


Opeth 'The Devil's Orchard' (riff)

Essentials: Fingerpicking

Warren Haynes Guest Lesson
Steve Lukather Guest Lesson
Matt Schofield Guest Lesson

Rockschool Grade Four
RGT Initial Stage Rock

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Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.